NASA expands into Oregon!

The North American Sommelier Association has expanded into the beautiful wine region of Oregon with an initial offering of our signature Italian Wine Specialist course in Portland.

Partnering with the 'Wine & Spirits Archive', the course will be offered starting JANUARY 25th 2014.

Enrollment is already OPEN !

Go here for more info.


A warm welcome to our newly Certified fellow Sommeliers!

Monday May 20th saw the graduation of the North American Sommelier Association Los Angeles Class of 2013. In a gorgeous Hollywood setting with the Hollywood sign as a backdrop to the patio, the following individuals have been heralded into the global family of Silver-Pin Certified Sommeliers belonging to the 'Worldwide Sommelier Association':

Blaine Brown
Cesare Vietina
Adrian Migliore
Irina Ponomarenko
Kristen Scott
Filippo Cortivo
Christina Reveles
Nader Kaiser
Sandford Frey
Afshin Behnia
Christopher Prewett
Raimondo Boggia



WSA ‘Best Sommelier in The World’ competition results

Monday 22nd of April saw the semi-final and final of the WSA Best Sommelier in the world competition, nestled in a gorgeous setting of an old London hotel (Park Lane Sheraton) and kissed by an unusually sunny and warm springtime weather for this world class city.

The Park Lane Hotel, London (UK)

The Park Lane Hotel, London (UK)

The semi-final consisted in a brutally intense series of examinations and trials leading to the 3 highest-scoring candidates to take the stage for the afternoon final. A sprint-timed written test of 50 questions from enology & viticulture to enography (wines of the world), blind tastings, food pairing, spirits, beers, producer & label recognition and an oral communication trial.

The list of semi-finalists represents the best the world has to offer from 21 different countries that adhere to the WSA (Worldwide Sommelier Association) "umbrella":

Albania: Sokol Mdreko
Belgium: Carlo Ferrigno
Brazil: Athila Ross, Diego Dequigiovanni
Canada: Andrea Tonicello
China: Cheng Yi Chen
Czech Republic: Stepan Zraly
France: Jonathan Fillion
Germany: Vasilica Marinella Ardelean
Italy: Andrea Balleri, Dennis Metz, Luca Martini
Latvia: Maksims Merkulovs
Mexico: Juan Carlos Flores Mazon
Peru: Fernando Cubas
Russia: Denis Ovcharenko, Novikov
Romania: Claudiu Stefan Timofti
San Marinio: Elida Sota
Singapore: Matteo Lussana
Slovenia: David Vasiljevic
South Korea: Oliver Brandeburg
Switzerland: Angelo De Raimondo, Giuseppe Albaceli
USA: Diego Maraviglia
UK: Sam McDonald

Representing the USA and NASA (North American Sommelier Association) was our Vice President & Director of Education DIEGO MERAVIGLIA, who ranked 5th in the overall end results.

"It was heavy! This was one of the most challenging tests I have ever taken and I am very satisfied with the result ! My bad, I ran out of time in the written test and did not answer the last 60-point question which would have most likely resulted in a higher ranking. It was a fantastic experience though and I would do it over again. I ran into old friends, met new colleagues, made new friends and had a great time. I am happy with my ranking and I will try it again in 2 years ! Kudos to the winner Luca Martini (Italy) and to all the other candidates that came from around the world...this took a lot of courage and being there in the semi-final is a great honor for everyone and anyone. I deeply thank the WSA and its President Franco Ricci, VP Antonello Maietta, the local organizers of the event Andrea Rinaldi (UK Sommelier Association) and all the jury as well as all the great Somms that were there to compete...thanks for making it a memorable day ! FOr me this was a victory nonetheless and I dedicate it to all our members, my supporting friends and family as well as the recent victims of Boston."

NASA's Diego Meraviglia with the star-spangled banner

NASA's Diego Meraviglia with the star-spangled banner

The next WSA 'Best Sommelier In The World' competition will take place in 2015 in Cancun, Mexico. NASA will run a national selection competition for the 3 best candidates to represent USA for this prestigious title, towards the 2nd half of 2014. Stay tuned !

North American Sommelier Association



On Monday 22nd April 2013, The Park Lane Hotel in London will host the finals of the Competition that will crown the Best Sommelier in the World of the Worldwide Sommelier Association.


Arguably one of London’s finest examples of Art Deco, the hotel’s listed, 11,000-square foot Ballroom complex in the heart of London’s Piccadilly, will be the magical backdrop for a unique programme that will bring together and compare the professionalism of Sommeliers from 31 Countries. Three finalists will be selected out of these Sommeliers and presented at 4.00 pm on Monday 22nd April 2013. Promptly after the three finalists’ selection, we will witness a series of very interesting and captivating challenges and performances that will end in the proclamation of the "Best Sommelier in the World 2013". Immediately after the winner is selected, the announcement will appear on the website

Some well-known producers such as Gaja, Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia, Berlucchi, Antinori, Cantina Terlano, Jermann, Bellavista and Feudi San Gregorio will be showcasing their fabulous wines (see the full list of participants below). Mr. Franco Ricci, the President of the Worldwide Sommelier Association, the largest Association of Sommeliers with over 100,000 members, has declared his enthusiasm in organising the foremost competition in the World of Wine, in the best possible location: London, an internationally renowned leading business centre, and cultural melting pot for global food and wine. Co-hosts will be the UK Sommelier Association, headed by the President Mr. Andrea Rinaldi and his General Manager Ms. Federica Zanghirella. Their main duty will be overseeing the smooth running of the day’s events as well as being the crucial contact for all logistics.

The NORTH AMERICAN SOMMELIER ASSOCIATION is proud to announce that our Vice President and Director Of Education DIEGO MERAVIGLIA will be representing NASA in this acclaimed international competition.

We wish him the very best of luck !

NASA expands into Canada!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the North American Sommelier Association has finally expanded into the Canadian territory. Thanks to the hard work of our National Chapters Liaison Officer, Silvio Di Silvio, & the treasured cooperation of our Montreal delegate, Carmine Caravaggio, NASA will open its services in the Canadian hub of MONTREAL with our signature 'Italian Wine Specialist Certification' !

The course dates are : MARCH (2013) 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th & exam on the 24th

Enrollment will open soon !

The North American Sommelier Association looks forward to a promising and exciting 2013 in Canada.

NASA awarded by the City of Los Angeles !

The North American Sommelier Association was awarded the prestigious City of Los Angeles Certificate of Recognition by mayor Villaraigosa. The award was presented to NASA President Alessia Botturi in occasion of the VIVA VINO 2012 launch event, held at Caffe Roma in Beverly Hills, CA.

VIVA VINO is the signature event of the North American Sommelier Association in partnership with the Italy-American Chamber of Commerced West and Please The Palate.

Everyone at the association is extremely grateful for to the city of Los Angeles for its support and recognition and looks forward to further successes in the years to come.


San Francisco, the upcoming Italian Wine Specialist class has been cancelled and rescheduled for September due to a last minute emergency. New dates will be announced shortly. The North American Sommelier Association apologizes for the inconvenience and invites all students to contact us for re-enrollment. Thank you for your understanding.

VIVA VINO LA is coming!

VIVA VINO LA The Italian wine week in LA!

VIVA VINO LA is the largest Italian wine event staged on the West Coast. From seminars to tastings to dinners, VIVA VINO LA offers an exceptional array of events for consumers and trade to experience Italian wines made with native grapes.

Partnering with a carefully selected group of restaurants and retailers that represent the best of Italian culture in the Los Angeles area, VIVA VINO LA offers a variety of events to throughout the city to engage and entertain.

A great array of events from May 14 thru 1

Vegas baby, Vegas!

The North American Sommelier Association has officially opened it's LAS VEGAS chapter, with a 1st Italian Wine Specialist Certificate course scheduled for June 2012.

The chapter is represented and managed by GINO FERRARO Ferraro's Restaurant and Wine Bar, a staple in the city of Las Vegas.

NASA is honored and grateful to have them on board and we look forward to many events, seminars, courses and activities for the las Vegas wine community!

Welcome Houston!

Our new branch is officially open and the first Italian Specialist course in Houston has been successfully completed.

Hail James King, our Houston Chapter Director!

Hail James King, our Houston Chapter Director!

NASA Expands to San Diego

NASA has recently expanded in California by adding the 3rd major urban center for the State and namely the 2nd largest community of SoCal. The procedure to officially open the chapter is underway ! In the meantime, the 1st course has been scheduled and booked in the sun city of California ! SAN DIEGO will see the North American Sommelier Association’s signature certificate course ‘Italian Wine Specialist’ debut in April of this new year.


NASA Collaborates with East European Sommeliers

NASA has begun collaborations with the East European Sommeliers and Experts Association. This cooperation will entail seminars, training and education offered by NASA on the world of Eastern European wines and spirits.

In further news, NASA has awarded OBIKA’ & TERRONI RESTAURANT (Los Angeles) with the prestigious and limited‘Friend of Sommeliers’ certificate. This limited certificate is awarded to restaurants that show a distinctively continuous dedication to quality wine education and promotion, effectively bringing them into the NASA family as cooperating entities.

Alessia Botturi (NASA President) & Max Stefanelli (Terroni Restaurant)

Alessia Botturi (NASA President)
& Max Stefanelli (Terroni Restaurant)

Alessia Botturi (NASA President) & Raimondo Boggia (Obika’)

Alessia Botturi (NASA President)
& Raimondo Boggia (Obika’)




NASA Lands in Houston

NASA has landed in Houston :  The ‘Italian Wine Specialist Certificate’ will see it’s first Texan opening in the lone star State’s major city in FEBRUARY 2012. A great way to kick off the association’s new year. All of us at the North American Sommelier Association look forward to our cooperation with course director James King and future years to come in Texas.